Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party
|Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party
Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei
|Founded||5 July 1902 (historical)
|Headquarters||68, rue de Gasperich
|Youth wing||Luxembourg Socialist Youths|
|International affiliation||Socialist International,
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists|
|European Parliament group||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
|Chamber of Deputies|
|Politics of Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (Luxembourgish: Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei, French: Parti Ouvrier Socialiste Luxembourgeois, German: Luxemburger Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei), abbreviated to LSAP or POSL, is a social-democratic political party in Luxembourg. The LSAP is the second-largest party in the Chamber of Deputies, having won 13 of 60 seats at the 2009 election, and has one seat in the European Parliament. Until recently, it was the junior partner in the recent grand coalition with the Christian Social People's Party (CSV); but has withdrawn its support. The party's President is Alex Bodry, a deputy and the Mayor of Dudelange, but the leading member in the government was Jean Asselborn, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Primarily social democratic, but with a democratic socialist faction, the party has a strong working class identity. It is close to the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, the country's largest trade union centre, but they have no formal links. The LSAP is particularly strong in the south of the country, controlling most of the mayoralties in the large towns of the Red Lands. It is affiliated to the Socialist International, Progressive Alliance and Party of European Socialists.
The party was formed on 5 July 1902 as the Social Democratic Party. Left-wing elements split in 1905 to create the Social Democratic Workers' Party. The PSD and POSD were re-united in 1912. In 1916, the party was renamed to 'Socialist Party', part of the International.
On 2 January 1921, communist elements split to create the Communist Party of Luxembourg. The Socialist Party was renamed the 'Luxembourg Workers' Party' in 1924, and was a member of the Labour and Socialist International between 1923 and 1940. On 5 November 1937, the Party joined the government for the first time, in a coalition under Prime Minister Pierre Dupong.
The party was reformed after the Second World War as the 'Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party', in the mould of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, where the government had been exiled. In the first election after the war, in 1945, the LSAP was the big loser, falling to 26% of the vote, but remained in the National Union Government, along with all other parties. In 1947, the party started its process of re-building itself, and it managed to join a coalition government (1951-1959 in the Dupong-Bodson and Bech Bodson governments, and 1964-1968 in the Werner-Cravatte government). The discussions over the party's direction split the LSAP again. On 2 May 1970, Henry Cravatte was ejected as President by a trades union-led coup. In March 1971, centrist elements, led by Cravatte, split to create the Social Democratic Party. Those who left included 6 Deputies and most of the party leadership.
However, the LSAP could recover by 1974 and joined the DP in a Centre-Left coalition (Thorn-Vouel-Berg government), which enacted important social reforms: judicial system reforms (including a humanisation of the penal system), introduction of a fifth week of holiday, general introduction of the 40-hour-week, the salary index, reform of unemployment benefits. This did not prevent an electoral defeat in 1979. In this legislative period, the LSAP held their famous energy conference, and decided a moratorium for the atomic power station of Remerschen. This was the definitive end of project.
In 1984, the LSAP were re-united with most of the Social Democratic Party (some members joined the CSV).
Below are charts of the results that the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party has secured in the Chamber of Deputies at each election. Timelines showing the number of seats and percentage of votes won are on the right.
The formal leader of the party is the President. However, often, a government minister will be the most important member of the party, as Jean Asselborn is now. Below is a list of Presidents of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party since 1945.
- Michel Rasquin (1945 – 1951)
- Paul Wilwertz (1951 – 1952)
- Albert Bousser (1952 – 1954)
- Émile Ludwig (1954 – 1955)
- Paul Wilwertz (1955 – 1959)
- Henry Cravatte (1959 – 1970)
- Antoine Wehenkel (1970 – 1974)
- Lydie Schmit (1974 – 1980)
- Robert Krieps (1980 – 1985)
- Ben Fayot (1985 – 1997)
- Jean Asselborn (1997 – 2004)
- Alex Bodry (2004 – )
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